For more than 20 years, Dull Olson Weekes Architects preferred occupying office space in historic buildings. Although they loved the classic architectural style of older properties, these spaces did not serve the changing needs of the firm. DOWA wanted a new work environment that would reflect their commitment to sustainable design and offer a more distinctive, creative work studio. These features would enable the firm to recruit and retain the best professionals and showcase DOWA’s talents to its clients.
Broker Tom Becic interviewed the firm’s key people regarding criteria for their new office facilities, which helped the principals focus on the alternatives that best accomplished their goals. Tom also researched a variety of locations and several property types, and prepared a lease vs. buy analysis.
Tom identified an ideal space in the former Federal Reserve Building in downtown Portland. The building needed a complete renovation but offered many features on DOWA’s wish list. Melvin Mark negotiated a long-term lease for 13,000 square feet.